As you read this five young players from Forfar Instrumental Band will be in the middle of an exiting week of music making.
They are in Stirling taking part in the annual summer course with the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland.
Samuel Hill (16) from Forfar (left), who was recently runner-up in the Forfar Academy Young Musician of the Year, is making his fourth appearance on the course as is Bailey Brennan (15) from Dundee.
Calum Crompton (18) from Kirriemuir, who only started playing a brass instrument last year, is going for the first time along with his sister Molly (10) who has been playing regularly with Forfar for the past year.
Rounding off the Forfar contingent is Andrew Buchan (18), from Kirriemuir, who is also making his fourth visit to NYBBS.
They will be placed in one of three bands according to their age and ability. Each band will rehearse several pieces under experienced conductors and receive group and individual tuition from some of the top names in the Scottish band scene. Even the children’s band, for those under 13, will face challenges including a new arrangement of Mussorgsky’s ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ and a new piece specially written for them by Alan Fernie.
The course finishes with a concert in the Perth Concert Hall on Saturday featuring all three bands. Forfar Instrumental Band has been represented at NYBBS for the past few years.
The players enjoy their time there and come back with increased confidence and playing ability which is reflected in the overall playing standard when the band makes public appearances. This is an overall benefit for the band though it does involve some financial investment to cover the costs of the course. This means fund raising in which the young players willingly participate. There will be a Quiz Night at Strathmore Cricket Club on Friday, August 8. Then on September 14 many members, young and old, will be on a sponsored walk in the hills - look out for members waving sponsor sheets!